Geometric-integration tools for the simulation of musical sounds

A. Ishikawa, D. Michels, T. Yaguchi
Japan Journal of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, volume 35, issue 2, pp. 511-540, (2018)

Geometric-integration tools for the simulation of musical sounds


Acoustic phenomena, Acoustic simulation, Geometric integration, Musical sounds, Partitioned RungeKutta methods Separable Hamiltonian system Sound rendering Sound simulation Symplectic integration Virtual instruments Virtual piano


​During the last decade, much attention has been given to sound rendering and the simulation of acoustic phenomena by solving appropriate models described by Hamiltonian partial differential equations. In this contribution, we introduce a procedure to develop appropriate tools inspired from geometric integration in order to simulate musical sounds. Geometric integrators are numerical integrators of excellent quality that are designed exclusively for Hamiltonian ordinary differential equations. The introduced procedure is a combination of two techniques in geometric integration: the semi-discretization method by Celledoni et al. (J Comput Phys 231:6770–6789, 2012) and symplectic partitioned Runge–Kutta methods. This combination turns out to be a right procedure that derives numerical schemes that are effective and suitable for computation of musical sounds. By using this procedure we derive a series of explicit integration algorithms for a simple model describing piano sounds as a representative example for virtual instruments. We demonstrate the advantage of the numerical methods by evaluating a variety of numerical test cases.




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